What to do when your MacBook is dying

Could your trusty old friend be ready for the scrapheap? Photo by pxhere / CC0 1.0

You open the lid, but nothing happens. You frantically try your touch ID to get it fired up before mashing keys with your now sweaty palms in the hopes that it’s just a glitch. But nope, it seems your MacBook is dying, and there seems to be nothing you can do about it. Or is there? 

We all know that trips to the Apple Store can become very expensive very quickly. So in the hopes of avoiding any unwanted bills, there are a few things that you can do to see what’s going on with your trusty old sidekick. And no, smashing the keyboard with sweaty palms is certainly not one of them.

It could be the battery

Batteries only have a certain lifespan and the more we charge them halfway, the shorter that lifespan becomes. If you noticed that you needed to charge your MacBook more often lately or that it wouldn’t charge completely, then the chances are you just have a battery issue. Batteries aren’t cheap, but they certainly aren’t as expensive as a new MacBook.

It could be a hardware glitch

Before that fateful moment when your MacBook died, did you notice any glitches on the screen? Were there occasions when the touchpad stopped working for a few seconds or blocks appeared randomly on your screen? Anything like this could indicate a hardware issue, and in this case, your only option is to head for a repair center.

It could have overheated

Was the MacBook turned on for a prolonged period before it died? If it was and there was no proper ventilation under that base, then it could be a simple case of overheating. This is highly unlikely in newer machines but quite common in older ones. Let it cool down for a while before giving it another try, and if it fires up, then you’ll know that you either need to replace the internal fan or buy a cooling stand.

What if it’s none of the above?

If it’s none of the above, then you have no option but to head to your nearest repair center. Remember to tell the technician exactly what happened when your MacBook died and what you tried to do to revive it. They’ll take a look at it, and while sometimes they can spot the issue right away, other times you may need to wait a few days.

Unfortunately, sometimes repairs will cost almost as much as a new Macbook, and when this happens, it’s better to bite the bullet and invest in a new machine. Of course, that’s easier said than done if your paycheck isn’t due for another two weeks. If you have no credit card or a poor credit rating, then you can consider a short-term loan or even store credit. 

Whatever, you do, you should never open your MacBook and try to repair it on your own. Aside from the fact that you could make matters worse, there’s also the risk that you might inadvertently injure yourself. And trust us, no MacBook (no matter how much you loved it) is worth injuring yourself for. It looks like Apple have decided to give the MacBook Pro a new lease of life for 2019 anyway so if your old friend has met its end, it could be the perfect excuse to buy yourself the latest model.